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Two assistant chief constables appointed

Posted on 15th May 2014

Two new Assistant Chief Constables have been appointed by the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Mick Creedon.


Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton will remain in post as head of operational support and Detective Chief Superintendent Martyn Bates from South Yorkshire Police will become Assistant Chief Constable (Crime and Territorial).

ACC Knighton has served with the Derbyshire Constabulary since he joined as a constable in 1989.  He has served across the whole county during his career.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been successful and I look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Derbyshire.”


D/Ch/Supt Bates, who is currently head of specialist crime services, joined South Yorkshire Police in 1987 and has spent most of his service in CID.  Brought up in Derbyshire, Mr Bates said: “I know the north east of the county very well and I’m extremely pleased and privileged to have been chosen to serve in Derbyshire.

Mr Creedon added: “Part of the success of Derbyshire Constabulary is the stable and strong command team and I’m delighted to make these new appointments.

“Both Gary and Martyn understand the many challenges we face and what the force is seeking to achieve.  I’m looking forward to them both becoming permanent members of my team and taking the organisation further forward.

“I’m also pleased that the PCC Alan Charles was part of the interview process and endorses the appointments.”


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